Redfish Lake - Backpacking/Camping

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An ideally situated near hiking, mountain biking, alpine rock climbing and even paddle-boating, the campgrounds at Redfish Lake make for a great summertime basecamp.

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Teresa Bruffey


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

74.0 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days

1 - 10 days


Summer and Fall

Mid-June through late fall

Dog Friendly


Yes, followed signed rules where leashes are required.

Fees Permits


Yes, reservations are encouraged for Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Topographical Map

Redfish Lake Map



Redfish Lake is a summer child’s slice of heaven. Clear mountain water warmed by the sun provides endless opportunity for SUP, paddle-boating or kayaking (watercraft are available for rent from Redfish Lake Lodge’s dock), swimming and floating. There are miles and miles of National Park-quality trails offer hikes ranging from easy to very strenuous to explore. Access to classic alpine rock climbing like the Elephant’s Perch, included in nearly every “all time best” guide book on North American climbing. 

What Makes It Great

The lake is a very popular destination in the summertime for families and will bustle and hum with activity. In addition to SNRA camping on the shore of the lake, Redfish Lake Lodge offers rooms and cabins for rent. The benefits to the busy summer season include free live concerts on the grass lawn in front of the lodge, convenient services like the outdoor walk-up café and the cross-lake boat shuttle, and the ability to resupply at the small grocery onsite. Plus, the summer vibe is festive and fun. Besides hiking and camping, visitors can fish, mountain bike, or just relax on the beach in the sun.

Who is Going to Love It

At Redfish, there is something for every type of outdoors-person and every style of trip whether its epic adventure or chill beach trip.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Make a reservation (essential during the July 4 – Labor Day peak), pack up the family or family of friends, don't forget your s’mores ingredients and head over for a fun camping trip that will create memories to last lifetimes. 

A favorite campground within the Redfish Lake area is the Glacier View Campground. Views of the peaks and the lake are too enticing to resist and the short distance to walk to the beach is a plus. If all of the Redfish campgrounds are full, try one of the many others available off of Highways 75 and 21 such as Iron Creek, Sunnyside, Alturas Lake or Pettit Lake. 

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Redfish Lake

Redfish Lake
Stanley, ID,
44.143261, -114.91901

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